The mathematics of taffy pullers

17 Feb 2018  ·  Thiffeault Jean-Luc ·

We describe a number of devices for pulling candy, called taffy pullers,that are related to pseudo-Anosov maps of punctured spheres. Though the mathematical connection has long been known for the two most common taffy puller models, we unearth a rich variety of early designs from the patent literature, and introduce a new one...

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